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    261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    What with gasoline prices at the pump well past $3 a gallon - and edging ever higher - drivers understandably are pining for the day when technology will come to their rescue.


    If you're willing to wait a couple of years, though, Volkswagen may have what you're waiting for.

    At an auto show in Qatar this week, Volkswagen showed off a proof-of-concept car that will get 261 miles to the gallon. The XL1, a two cylinder, two-seater made from carbon fiber, is expected to go into production sometime in the next two years. If the auto's fuel efficiency lives up to the advance billing, VW likely will be able to say it makes the world's most economical car.
    Futurist Volkswagen XL1: 261 Miles per Gallon - Tech Talk - CBS News



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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    as long as you don't hit a semi




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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    as long as you don't hit a semi

    Because my current car would tear right through a semi?



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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    While very cool, there's more to getting a "green" car USA-legal than fuel economy (not saying that's your argument, just saying let's not get too excited yet). Our EPA puts a lot of emphasis on emissions and I believe that those regulations have kept some very efficient European vehicles off our streets.


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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by RyCy04 View Post
    Because my current car would tear right through a semi?
    If your current car is an M-1 Abrams



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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    thanks for the pic, *******.



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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by iahawkhunter View Post
    While very cool, there's more to getting a "green" car USA-legal than fuel economy (not saying that's your argument, just saying let's not get too excited yet). Our EPA puts a lot of emphasis on emissions and I believe that those regulations have kept some very efficient European vehicles off our streets.
    Not to mention the safety requirements that it likely couldn't pass to be legal in the US.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    Not to mention the safety requirements that it likely couldn't pass to be legal in the US.
    I would think if a Smart car can pass just about anything could. Every time I see one of those stop at a light I expect to see about 20 clowns pour out of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclones_R_GR8 View Post
    I would think if a Smart car can pass just about anything could. Every time I see one of those stop at a light I expect to see about 20 clowns pour out of it.
    Yeah, but usually there is only one clown in it...


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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    The current Smart makes no sense in the U.S. They are all over Europe but they usually have diesels that get great mpg and they are great for the limited parking. The mpg on the american version is embarrassing for it's size.



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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by iahawkhunter View Post
    While very cool, there's more to getting a "green" car USA-legal than fuel economy (not saying that's your argument, just saying let's not get too excited yet). Our EPA puts a lot of emphasis on emissions and I believe that those regulations have kept some very efficient European vehicles off our streets.
    At the end of that article there is another link to a more complete press release. It says it's a diesel hybrid - a little 1.0 liter, two cylinder TDI (48 hp) mated with an electric motor (27 hp) and a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. The 2 liter TDI in the current Jetta and Golf is able to meet emissions requirements partly due to its small size, so hopefully this would fit in as well.

    http://www.volkswagenag.com/vwag/vwc...tualisiert.pdf

    0 - 62 mph in 11.9 seconds, top speed of 100 mph. Sounds like a great commuter car.


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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    0 - 62 mph in 11.9 seconds
    I'm pretty sure I get behind one of these on the on ramp just about every other day on my commute.


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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    I'm pretty sure I get behind one of these on the on ramp just about every other day on my commute.
    I dislike it even more when I get stuck behind the guy with the turbocharged 4L Buick who should be able to do 0-60 in about 6 seconds, but takes 30.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    I dislike it even more when I get stuck behind the guy with the turbocharged 4L Buick who should be able to do 0-60 in about 6 seconds, but takes 30.
    Well that's because the median age of someone driving a Buick is close to 112.



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    Re: 261 MPG VW Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    Well that's because the median age of someone driving a Buick is close to 112.
    So why does his car have a very large turbocharged engine? That never made sense to me.


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